Lights to use when you are setting up camp at night

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 19:59
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I know this subject has been done before,but what do you all use while you set up camp.and it needs to run off the deep cycle as well. cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:05

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:05
A 12 volt fluoro from BCF around 50 to 60 bucks, but most importantly your head lamp. Best light ever invented I reckon.
Cheers Bruce
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Follow Up By: warfer69 - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 22:30

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 22:30
Headlamps are great i have the PrincetonTec,It crapped out 2 weeks ago after two and a half years of constant service,Recieved a new one this week no questions asked

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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:06

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:06
G'day Greendog,

It depends on whether it's just a quick overnighter (in which case I leave the trailer hooked up to the camper)...... or if I have to unhook. I have 2 worklights on the back of the Patrol, which I can switch on to light up the whole area.

If I uncouple, then I usually park the Patrol beside the camper and use one of the side-mounted worklights (one on either side).

However, no matter what I'm doing, I use the head lamp to see what I'm doing right in front of me. I got 2 of those $99- LED head-lamps free from 4WD Monthly magazine with subs renewals. They are fantastic lights, with a high beam and a low beam option (both are a single LED in 2 separate lights, one above the other).

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:55

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:55
"I got 2 of those $99- LED head-lamps free from 4WD Monthly magazine with subs renewals" Roachie, are they the ones you buy for $25.00 these days? I bought one a few years back at $29.00..... LOL
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Follow Up By: Nick R (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:59

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:59
oh yeah, the 4 we got at rays for 9 bucks each
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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:10

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:10
Try this

LED light

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: howesy - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:16

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 20:16
I run a 240v lead light with energy saver fluro 20W globe on an inverter for 4 to 5 hrs a night. hang it up with a hook and lights up whole camp site. next morning you would be hard pressed to find an impact on either battery.
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Follow Up By: swampy66 - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:41

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:41
very clever !

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:58

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:58
You can buy 12v energy saver fluros to go in one of those lead lights these days and even more effective than running the inverter too. That is more clever, but then LEDs don't waste a lot of energy putting power into wasted heat that fluros do.
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Reply By: PradOz - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:59

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 21:59
try this out. they have a few different solutions available if you check out from the home page..


lightforce stubby light
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 10:37

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 10:37
I bought a 'torpedo light' from Derek ABR (ExplorOz advertiser).
A great bit of gear. Very well constructed & durable.
Been thru quite a few 'other' camp lights over the years-this is the best I've seen..

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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 11:36

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 11:36
I use the car headlights to setup, then get the other camplights out once i've finished.

I use the 12v Nelson globes and put them in 240v bed lamps or in a tupperware container.
$30 for the globe and $5 for the lamp at Vinnies or $5 for the container at Bunnings.



And a Narva leadlight around the fire


Baz.
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Reply By: EaglePatrol - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 12:58

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 12:58
We use a 12 volt halogen garden light with an auto plug attached. I have swapped the 20 watt halogen globe for a 5 led substitute. Draws very little power and is very flexible.
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Reply By: Voxson - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 13:53

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 13:53
Yo Momma.

20 a/h sealed portable battery.
Knock in the ground pole.

Charge it up every 3 or 4 days whilst driving.

Can set it up anywhere then.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 14:37

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 14:37
By far, the best (and cheapest) light for setting up camp is SUNLIGHT.

I plan ahead and make sure I am in a position to set up camp before darkness has descended upon us.

On those rare occasions where this is not possible then we just put out the swags and either move on in the morning, or set up a more permanent camp in daylight. Now that I also have an Oztent, I could also set this up behind the rear of the Jack with minimal lighting required.

I have a Torpedo light and a versalite (both fluro style lights) but they are for illuminating the cooking/eating areas, rather than seeing to set up the camp.



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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 15:39

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 15:39
Led Head light for seeing what is right in front of me and Versa light for lighting the whole area.
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Reply By: GREENDOG - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 18:09

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 18:09
Thanks to every one that replyed to my post you all have given me some thing to go on.cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Holden4th - Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 19:47

Thursday, Apr 03, 2008 at 19:47
I use this



the Versa Light - it's phenomenal.

and mount it on this



You can get this quite high so don't let the pic fool you here. This combinaton gives you a wide spread of light and draws less than 1 amp per hour off your starter battery
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